Spring Cleaning for the Hearth and Soul
Written By Expert Susan Speaks with Spirit
It’s time for that annual ritual of spring cleaning. Usually we look upon it as a piece of drudgery, but this year, try to think of it as a meditative exercise to sweep out the old energies of winter and make way for spring abundance. Do it with the conscious intent of clearing out old energies to set the stage for new good fortune. To help you find a soothing AND spiritual spring cleaning process, here are some simple, delightful recipes you can make at home. They’re especially great for those of us with environmental allergies or an interest in using more natural and non-toxic cleansers.
Begin by clearing out the old! Go through closets and bookshelves and donate items whenever possible and throw away the rest. But, don’t throw out those old cotton t-shirts and cotton socks! They make great dusting and polishing rags that you won’t feel wasteful for tossing away.
Here’s a simple recipe for furniture cleanser and polish. In a bowl, put equal parts olive oil and lemon juice (bottled is just fine) and stir well. Put a small amount on a soft cotton rag and rub in circular motion on your wood furniture. Put one of those old socks over your hand to get fingers on and around those tight crevasses and small carved detailing. This solution also works great on wooden kitchen cabinets to clean and moisturize the wood.
For the kitchen and bathroom, instead of the usual and possibly toxic cleaners, try using some homemade ones using essential tea tree oil or essential lavender oil. Both oils have natural antibiotic and antifungal properties to help clean and disinfect while carrying with it the spiritual properties of calm, protection, purification and healing. Besides these wonderful properties they make your home smell delicious!
To make a powerful all-purpose spray cleaner, add 4-5 drops of tea tree essential oil to 2 Tbs. of vinegar in a 12 oz spray bottle. Fill up with water and shake well. For some tough spots that need an abrasive, sprinkle a bit of baking soda over the spot, spray and scrub. For tough and greasy stains, cut a lemon in half, sprinkle the stain with salt and scrub with the cut side of the lemon.
To make floor cleaner, fill a bucket with a gallon of water then add 2 tablespoons of non-chlorine laundry detergent, 1/2 cup vinegar and 20 to 30 drops of tea tree essential oil or lavender essential oil.
After dusting, it’s time to tackle the vacuuming. If you have pets like I do, the rule is: Vacuum everything that doesn’t move and if it stands still long enough, vacuum it too! Make a deodorizing carpet spray by putting 10-20 drops of lavender oil in a spray bottle, filling it with water and shake well. Do a light spray across the carpet. Doing this also kills mites that live in your carpets! Let dry for a few minutes and then sprinkle dried lavender on your carpet. As you vacuum the lavender, it freshens up your vacuum cleaner and freshens the air too! Lavender cleanses, soothes, and provides psychic and spiritual protection to the home.
After cleaning your home, get your fingers dirty by planting a windowbox, trimming back, feeding and repotting plants. Nothing puts your energy into the cycle of Spring better than growing things!
Once finished, treat yourself to a cleansing and relaxing bath. Light some candles and add some of your favorite bath oil or use 20 or so drops of lavender oil for a cleansing and rejuvenating bath. Get rid of that winter skin by making and treating yourself to this homemade exfoliating sugar scrub!
Put equal parts brown sugar and white sugar in a bowl or wide-mouth jar. Mix in a little olive oil and stir. Then mix in a bit more olive oil and stir, repeating the process until you have a nice smooth paste. Add in 5 to 10 drops of lavender oil and mix well. Then, massage the scrub gently on skin!
Once finished cleansing your hearth and soul you’ll find your mind clearer and your spirit singing!
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